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Liverpool target Fekir refuses to rule out move

Fekir is reportedly wanted by Liverpool. Credit: PA

France international Nabil Fekir has refused to rule out leaving Lyon before the end of the transfer window.

The creative forward has been linked with a summer move to the Premier League, with both Liverpool and Chelsea reported to be interested.

Fekir returned to training with Lyon on Monday after helping his country win the World Cup and, despite being happy at the Ligue 1 club, admitted he was unsure about his future.

"As you can see, I am in Lyon. I am very good here," he told www.ol.fr.

"But the transfer window is still long and everything goes very fast in football. We do not know what will happen in the future but I am very good at OL.

"I feel great in the group. We have very good players, there is a good atmosphere.

"We live well and I hope that OL will have a great season."

His impressive form is rumoured to have attracted the attention of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, while Chelsea have recently emerged as potential rivals for his signature.

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Sheffield United snap up Liverpool's Woodburn on loan

Woodburn is highly thought of by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Sheffield United have announced the signing of Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn on a season-long loan deal.

Woodburn, who became the Reds' youngest-ever scorer when he netted in an EFL Cup win against Leeds aged 17 in November 2016, has made 11 appearances for the club and also played seven times and scored one goal for Wales.

Blades boss Chris Wilder said of the 18-year-old on the Championship outfit's official website: "Ben is a great signing for us, he is an exciting player with undoubted quality.

"He's been involved with Liverpool throughout their pre-season and I'm delighted they've trusted us with one of their outstanding young prospects, who is a full international as a teenager.

"It's his first loan move and I'm sure it will be a great one for all parties. He makes goals and scores goals with both feet, he can play in a couple of attacking positions and gives us flexibility at the top of the pitch."

Adam warns Liverpool of potential Shaqiri frustration

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Xherdan Shaqiri's former team-mate Charlie Adam has warned Liverpool over the Switzerland international's attitude.

Shaqiri, who played alongside Adam for Stoke last season as they were relegated from the Premier League, joined Liverpool this summer and marked his debut by scoring a superb overhead kick in a 4-1 pre-season victory over Manchester United.

Adam described Shaqiri as a "top player", who deserved to be at a club of Liverpool's stature, but questioned his commitment at crucial times in Stoke's relegation fight.

"He's a big player, at times he did well for us," Adam said on the BBC Sport website.

"But in critical situations, I felt tracking back and what we needed for the team in a relegation battle just wasn't there.

"He has got it in him, but he probably knew we were going to get relegated, he was going to the World Cup and had this big move - this move was probably done three, four months ago.

"He is a match-winner, but at times it was difficult to play in the same team. The manager would let him get away with certain things."

Adam said Shaqiri could soon start to grow impatient if he struggled to hold down a first-team place.

"He might get frustrated at not playing as much as he wants - it's how long he waits and what (manager Jurgen) Klopp does with him," the Scot added.

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Liverpool new recruit Shaqiri hits back at critics

Shaqiri has been publicly criticised by former Stoke City players and TV pundits. Credit: PA

Liverpool new boy Xherdan Shaqiri insists his "conscience is clear" after criticism of his attitude while with Stoke.

The Switzerland international managed eight goals and seven assists last season, leading the relegated Potters in both categories.

But his inconsistency led to disapproval from the likes of pundits Gary and Phil Neville, former England internationals, who respectively labelled him "unprofessional" and "a disgrace".

Shaqiri, who moved to Anfield earlier this month for a fee understood to be £13million, is unconcerned by the pair's opinions.

He told several national newspapers: "They were Man United players - maybe they don't like Liverpool. I don't know, it could be.

"Some people like you, some don't. I've played three years in the Premier League. I've proved I can play in this league.

"I was the top scorer in the team with goals and assists. For me, my conscience is clear and I don't have to comment any more on this."

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